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Brewed by Harveys
Style: Barley Wine
Lewes, England
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RATINGS: 42   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask: Seasonal - December. Has been seen on sale after Christmas as "Strong Winter Ale".
Christmas Ale is a strong "Barley Wine" brewed to a strength similar to the beers produced by the Tudor brewers in the time of Queen Elizabeth 1. This dark, heavily hopped Seasonal Brew is an ideal accompaniment to the festive season. A Merry Christmas to all.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GodOfThunder (1247) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 12, 2009
On cask at Redlight. Pours a thin and smooth dark cherry color with little in the way of carbonation and not much head. Aroma is cherries, alcohol, honey and a little licorice. Flavor is more honey, spices and a little orange peel.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dchmela (2614) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 9, 2009
On cask at Redlight. Deep reddish brown pour with thin white head. Malty sweet spicy fruit aroma. Sweet malty body Smooth malty body, lots of caramel, dark fruit and slightly spicy. Really tasty.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
redlight (2316) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 7, 2009
Cask @ redlight redlight. Spicy caramel with hints of fruit, light strawberry, sweet malts, green raisons, Pours a rich caramel amber color with a thin white head. Rich malty flavors, caramel, light molasses, green raisons, plums, fresh figs, with a nice spiciness. Finishes smooth with hints of vanilla.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KimJohansen (10349) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - DEC 30, 2008
Mahogany with a medium off white head. Aroma was sweet with roasted malt and caramel notes. Flavour was sweet with roasted malt, caramel and hints of chocolate. Finished mild bitter.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 26, 2008
Cask at the Brick Store in Decatur. Pours a deep amber brown with a very bubbly head that lingered with sizable bubbles for a while. Lacing was minimal. The aroma is very sweet with caramel malts and some dark fruits but there is a lot of vinous characteristics coming out as well - lots of wood and a bit of booze. The taste is heavy of the sugary malts with plenty of dark fruits - plums, figs and raisins. There is a hint of hops in the finish but only in the background. As in the aroma, the wood comes through in the form of some vanilla sweetness and a slightly dry finish. The mouthfeel is, not surprisingly, super smooth with little carbonation. I havent had this in a bottle so I dont have a direct comparison, but I definitely enjoyed this on cask.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
502Che (999) - @, CAMBODIA - DEC 20, 2008
My first cask ale -- at Rich Os Publick House. Nice dark amber with a small creamy light tan head. This stuff was very nice with great nutty, vanilla, woody, and caramel notes. The aroma was subtle but the flavor was big. The body was remarkably smooth and exactly what I want in a big beer - silky smooth, rich, thick, and very low carbonation -- enough to give it a nice creamy head though. I hope all cask ales are this deliciously smooth!

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnQPublic (387) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - DEC 19, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2009 Cask, obviously. Pours a deep ruby, with the standard big bubbled cask head. Nose is a bit faint, but with notes of sweet maple and fruit, combinations of citrus and port. Taste is rich up front, with maple and candied fruit overtaken quickly by a beautiful, spicy hop bitterness that balances the massive sweetness wonderfully. Mouthfeel is silky and just a bit sparkling. Lovely beer.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nightfall (1307) - Hamburg, GERMANY - DEC 18, 2008
2008.Cask @ Market Porter with Magic Dave6 and Mes. One of the best of the Pub crawl. Impressive dark amber red color, no head at all. Lots of fruit aromas. Mostly citric,candy sugar and spices. Lovely orange flavor. Dry hoppy finish. Very very enjoyable.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alefan90 (2) - Lewes, East Sussex, ENGLAND - DEC 15, 2008 does not count
Dark and strong! Made the mistake of ordering a whole pint... Very deep red in colour with no head at all. Aroma of Barley and lots of spice. VERY sweet indeed, wth a very bitter after taste. Not a session beer, but certainly a treat!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
imdownthepub (10022) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2008
Cask conditioned at The Royal Oak, Borough, london. Chestnut colour with no head. Heavy fruity, alcohol dry beer, big nasal flavours with sherry type flavours. Powerful and decent, a challenging brew for an afternoons pub crawl.


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